On September 11th, 2001, a group of 14 individuals from Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Lebanon, payed by a former Sudanese Islamic faction called Al Queda, with training bases in Afghanistan, formed 4 assault teams, hijacked 4 airliners and crashed them into the World Trade Center, and the Pentagon. In retaliation, the U.S. hurriedly passed draconian ‘anti-terrorism’ laws that grossly violated the Constitution, and illegally circumvented the Due Process requirements, under the guise of a law called the PATRIOT ACT. Then, in response to supposed “weapons of mass destruction’ that were alleged to be in Iraq, the U.S., and a UN Coalition Force invaded both Afghanistan, and Iraq, which had nothing to do with the attacks of 9-11. Now, 10 years later, we are still involved in a foreign war with no end in sight, no clear-cut goals, and no exit plan. But is the world any safer for our efforts? Are we winning the ‘War On Terrorism”?
It depends on what you consider a win. If you look back into history, wars on terror have been very successful for the governments who waged them. Nero declared war on Christian terrorists after they set fire to Rome (which was actually done by Nero’s own men, and blamed on the Christians). This allowed him to declare an emergency, suspend rights for citizens, and practice unbelievable cruelty against innocent Christians, and also served to keep Nero in power for a while longer. The Catholic Church was very successful in their efforts to persecute non-Catholics by declaring them ‘heretics’, and ‘witches’ by getting support from European Governments for their Inquisition. This oppression was aimed mainly at Jews, but the Vatican threw a wide net, and many minorities fell victim to them. This trick was successful once again, many years later, in the New World, as the ‘Witch Hunts’. In the 1930s, the NAZI labor party used ’emergencies’ to gain power and get Adolph Hitler in power. The enemies were the Bolsheviks (which were an insignificant minority) and Jews (harmless). When the Reichstag was set on fire by Hitler Brown-Shirts, it was blamed on Jews, and allowed Hitler to suspend civil rights, and to murder over 6 million Jews, and millions of others until the Allies were able to prevail. Russia, China, Cuba, and countries in the Middle East have all used Wars On Terror to further their agendas. But, are there legitimate Wars on Terror?
On February 4th, 1804, Lt. Stephen Decatur, USMC led a small force of Marines in a captured Tripoli ketch to board the captured ship USS Philadelphia. The Marines stormed the ship, recaptured it and rescued the crew in true Marine fashion. In May, 1805, Lt. Presley O’Bannon, USMC, led an assault force of Greek, Arab and Berber mercenaries, along with 8 US Marines, across the desert from Alexandria, Egypt to conquer the ‘shores of Triploi’ at Derma, ending the pirate assaults on U.S. vessels. We have, when required, been able to successfully deal with terrorism in the past. But usually, these actions are direct and short. Modern Wars on Terrorism seem more as precursors to oppression.
So, after over 10 years of warfare against two very small nations with very limited resources, and spending billions and billions of tax-payer money…..are we any safer? Al Queda still exists. The Taliban still exist. Islamic attitudes on America, Christianity and Judaism are still as bad as ever. There are as many suicide bombings and acts of terror as there ever were. And no ‘Weapons of Mass Destruction’ have ever been found, nor has anyone in the Bush Administration been called to account for the deception. What has happened is that 15,000+ Americans have been arrested, held without bond, or access to an attorney, in illegal courts (only Congress can create courts, not the Administrative Branch, and they have to be subordinate to the Supreme Court), and countless others have had their rights violated by wire taps and surveillance, all in violation of the Constitution. How about convictions? In the 10 years since 9-11, only 157 people have been convicted under the PATRIOT ACT, most of which the ties to terrorism are very vague and indirect. Exact figures are not possible, because the PATRIOT ACT makes it a crime to disclose any figures, in violation of Free Speech.
We are just a few steps short of meeting the qualifications of a Police State, where the government can do anything it wants with complete impunity. It would seem that not only are we no safer from terrorists, but we may be in even more danger from our own government, than at any time in our history. If we lose who we are, and what we stand for, then the terrorists have won already. But the good news is that it is not too late to correct this. Get involved, and get out and vote. One reason things have gotten to where they are is because of apathy. If you don’t vote, then you are a part of the problem. Registration is easy, and free. And, it’s your right. Wake up, America! It’s time to go to work…..
They’re your rights….Use ’em, or lose ’em.